Former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh admits Super Bowl loss still ‘haunts’ him but ‘motivates’ him every day


San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan fielded questions on his missteps in earlier Tremendous Bowls.

“No,” Shanahan responded to a query final week about whether or not he stays “haunted” by blowing a 28-3 lead in opposition to the New England Patriots in Tremendous Bowl LI. “It hurts. It does not kill you. You perceive what occurred. You perceive you’ll be able to deal with it. You possibly can take it.”

Whereas Shanahan might not be “haunted” by his clock administration troubles when he was an offensive coordinator in that notorious huge recreation or by his fourth quarter errors in Tremendous Bowl LIV when he was in his third season because the 49ers head coach, he later described the losses as “heartbreaking.”

“I have been capable of coach in two Tremendous Bowls and to lose both of them, each of them are heartbreaking,” Shanahan stated. In the meantime, a former Niners coach nonetheless carries some remorse for the same heartbreaking Super Bowl defeat.

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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the sphere after the Baltimore Ravens received Tremendous Bowl XLVII on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs)

Present Los Angeles Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh beforehand served as San Francisco’s head coach from 2011-14. He took the Niners to Tremendous Bowl XLVII, the place they matched up together with his brother, John, and the Baltimore Ravens.

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The 49ers went on to lose to the Ravens in 2013. Though greater than a decade has handed since Harbaugh watched his workforce endure the devastating 34-31 loss, the sequence of occasions stays on the forefront of the coach’s thoughts.

“There’s most likely not a day that goes by that I do not take into consideration that recreation and what we might’ve performed down on the finish, (seven) yards away from stepping into the top zone,” Harbaugh stated in Las Vegas, through the Related Press. “You permit that discipline, and also you go, there may be different days. Then you definately begin pondering that may be the one day. Simply needed one other shot at it, take one other crack.”

Jim Harbaugh reacts during a game

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers and his gamers react in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens throughout Tremendous Bowl XLVII on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens received, 34-31. (Jamie Squire/Getty Photographs)

Throughout Harbaugh’s introductory press convention with the Chargers, he admitted that the Tremendous Bowl loss fueled his need to return to the NFL.

“Once I say it motivates me daily, it is daily,” he stated in reference to his shortcomings on the skilled soccer degree. 

Harbaugh appears to particularly remorse how the Niners approached their fateful journey to the pink zone within the fourth quarter of Tremendous Bowl XLVII. San Francisco managed to climb again into the sport after being down by 22 factors at halftime. 

Jim Harbaugh walks of the football field

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the sphere after the Baltimore Ravens received Tremendous Bowl XLVII on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Photographs)

The Niners trailed by 5 factors with two minutes remaining within the recreation. The 49ers had the ball on the Ravens’ five-yard line. Harbaugh elected to cross the soccer on second, third and fourth down. San Francisco wouldn’t get the soccer again for the remainder of the sport.

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“I want we might have run the ball, would have taken a crack with Frank Gore [with] a pair carries down there,” Harbaugh informed NBC Sports activities Bay Space on Friday. “Woulda, coulda, ought to, it’s the form of stuff that haunts you since you stroll off the sphere and go, ‘There might be different days,’ and also you notice which may have been the one day. And to have an opportunity to have one other day, that’s all you’ll be able to ask for is an opportunity.”

Harbaugh’s former workforce will attempt to win its sixth Tremendous Bowl title in franchise historical past right now. The 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs play in Tremendous Bowl LVIII at 6:30 EST.

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